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    Heliamphora Tequila cultivation queries

    Hi everyone,

    I need your help to some questions.

    1. How much light does this hybrid need? Is it more like Cephalotus which can do well in bright shade or like highland Neps that can take full sun?

    2. What is its need for humidity? I know it is high but how high? Above 70%?

    3. Has anyone tried this method of propagation on H. Tequila or other Heliamphora species? And if yes, what is the success rate and which media is best?

    THANKS!
    Cindy

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    Hi Cindy,

    1. I have tried both, and I prefer to grow them with a lot of indoor light.

    2. I have mine growing in less than ideal humidity, probably around the 40% mark at the lowest. More humidity is better in my experience.

    3. Yes, on H. minor x heterodoxa in live LFS and quartz sand. It works with other helis, too, but I did not keep track of which ones. When I divide a heli, I plant up anything still green or red, like broken pitchers. I try for divisions with roots, but it does not always work that way. My pitcher cutting are far from 100% success though.

    The media I am using the most of now is cypress bark mulch that is topped with live LFS.

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    Hiya Cindy, howzit goin? Dave's definitely got the nicest Tequilla's I've seen!

    I grow mine in high light and kinda cool. In the same temps as my Ceph's, just closer to the lights.

    They do very much like their humidity and seem to like to be quite wet too.

    I've propped mine by pulling em apart just like Flytraps and replanting. They seem to take quicker in higher humidity and it's worked well for me.

    I grow em in a mix of peat w/ perlite, lfs, a buncha lava rock, orchid bark and maybe even some sand. I've heard not to use peat before, but I potted late last year and I don't want to repot again, plus it seems to be working anyways..

    Hope this helps!

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    wow Cindy.... eerrr ahhh thanks, I had just PM'ed someone these same basic questions LOL

    Ive recently (very) got my first Tequila

    @ Dave S. LOL must be a karma thing

    Cheers'
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    Thanks for the compliments. I am big believer in karma.

    I'd also like to add the H. x 'Tequila' has adapted well to less than ideal growing conditions and it is my fastest growing heli.

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    Mine is indoors under lights. It is in a terrarium glass vase thingly and probably has close to 100% humidity!. It does seem to grow very fast.
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    AV, what a coincidence!

    I am asking these questions because so far, no one manage to grow helis here and I would really like to try H. Tequila following its reputation for being heat tolerant. Being in summer weather year round, this hybrid is the best chance I have at anything Heliamphora.

    Thanks Dave, quogue and pingman for helping me out with the answers...Now armed with more info, I would be more confident in getting the hybrid to do well for me.

    Another question for Dave and Pingman though, when you both mentioned that H. Tequila is fastest growing for you, how fast does it grow? It sounds kind of silly but I thought perhaps if the plant grows too quickly, the older pitchers might dry out eventually quickly too. Do you like get new pitchers formed and be fully open within a week?

    Anyone actually fertilise your Heliamphora?
    Cindy

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    Cindy, no--fast is a relative term for Helis!!
    Normally they seem very very slow, Tequila seems to be just a bit faster.
    The pitchers still take several months to grow to maturity.

    If you have air conditioning in your home, you can probably grow this one.
    In the summer, my home reaches 80-82 degrees (F) and they seem to be ok.
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